My children attended kindergarten and it has not been a great experience. Although I think the teachers try & one is very loving they seem overloaded by large classroom sizes & strict guidelines on how the curriculum must be taught. One teacher has told me every time we have met that she does not have time to teach the children individually with 26 students in her class. It seems like all she has time to do is give instruction of how to fill out papers & not really teach concepts or curb teaching methods to reach all students. The administration seems to be going through the motions, not engaged &/or empowering the teachers to be innovative. They need more help - aids or smaller classes (there are 29 kids in one kindergarten class with an aid a couple hrs a day!). My kids love their friends but I have enrolled them elsewhere as I want them to be taught to think & learn not just memorize & be a drone. On a more disturbing note, bullying is notorious at this school. A warning sign that I should have paid attention to when I visited the school was an inappropriate derogatory joke about a kid that the principle made to me when a developmentally delayed child approached him.
On the surface this school looks great. New building, nice playground, well dressed staff, unfortunately when you look deeper than the surface this school fails miserably on some very crucial levels. I agree with the post below as to the non existing leadership and curt office staff. The school is not conducive to a healthy learning environment. I feel sorry for the teachers who are doing a good job having to work in those stressful conditions. I am now afraid to let my children attend this school as many of the staff seem to set the tone of bulling others as acceptable behavior. There are some good people at Bush but the handful of people who run the show there through corrupt politics have ruined any confidence I have for Mesa Public Schools. It's a real shame.
Our family has had children in this school almost every year it has been open. The administration in the last few years has been horrible. Open enrollment has destroyed any sense of community. Most families who bring their kids to this school do not live in the neighborhood. They have had many issues that are never addressed by the school or district with preferential treatment. All of my children have come home upset about how the teachers and aids bully the kids. This school has gotten worse in the last two years. We thought the Montessori addition would improve the school but the teachers have proven to be just as cliquy and ruthless as many other teachers who rule this school. Many children who attended this school have told my wife and I about being bullied by staff over the years. Reporting it does no good. The district protects their staff. It is a shame that a newer school with many bright and capable children who attend year after year is ruined by a politically unhealthy clique of adults who are so unprofessional and mean spirited. I have seen this village and you do not want it any where near your children.
My kids started at Barbara Bush Elementary during the 2010-2011 school year. They are very unhappy there, and I am currently looking for another school for them. I agree with a previous poster, there really is NO sense of community there. The principal started off his first year kind of as a ghost - rarely seen, and no presence felt at all. It seemed as if no one was really in charge. I gave him three stars because he has seemed more involved this year, last year I would've marked just one. I've never before known of a librarian who wants to keep books out of the hands of kindergarteners at such a crucial age for reading, and I don't understand it. The front office staff is the least helpful of any school I've seen. Very curt and unfriendly, sometimes downright rude. This behavior is consistent and not based on one or two isolated incidents. The bright spot is the Montessori program, which moved from Mendoza to Bush last year. The Montessori teachers are fantastic, and it's a great program. I hope they will be allowed to grow the program the way they want.
This school has great teachers and a terrible administration. The administration is not professional or friendly. Also, there isn't a sense of school community. There are no sports teams organized by school so within a class there may be 5 kids on 5 different teams. This makes it really hard to connect. They also do not have any sort of school wide winter program and parents were not invited to the talent show.
Three of my children attended Bush. All of them hated it there. They complained of favoritism and a system unfairly stacked against children who were not the right religion and color to be accepted by the people who run this school and district. I didn't believe it until I started volunteering there and saw for myself the disrespectful way in which many children are treated at this school and the politics that allows it to happen. I wish someone has warned us before we moved into this neighborhood that this school and community was not welcoming to all people.
This is our fifth year attending Bush, and we give it a high star rating. We have 4 kids attending elementary. The teachers are supportive, warm, and want to be there. A friend of mine who is a teacher said there is a waiting list to teach there. Mr. Corte was a good principal but we like Mr. Olson even better. Both care about the school and it shows. Mr. Corte was a little more controlling ( to the parents ) reagarding your children and Mr. Olson gives parents more liberties. We feel fortunate to have diligent teachers and a supportive principal at Bush.
I have taught at Barbara Bush for many years. This is a school that teachers feel fortunate to be a part of, because of our awesome parental support, and the tremendous students who come through our school year after year. No matter all the changes over the years, from school site leadership to district leadership, I can promise you that teachers here will always do what is best for our kids. We will meet all of their needs, academically, and socially, because that is what we have always done. No new district policies, or site leadership changes will ever change that. Make no mistake, that is a good thing.
Bush is an excellent school. Brian Corte is one of the best principals my children have had. When we move here from another state, it was not easy on my kids. Mr. Corte recognized it and helped them adjust. There are some teachers that do not challenge the students but other go above and beyond to get the most of the students.
Love this schools.Teachers and staff are wonderful.We couldn't ask for better.Now we moved and are at a different school/district and the new school dosn't compare to B.Bush.
My kids went to this school and we loved it, we had to move out of state and our only regret about moving was leaving this school.
In my 14 years of teaching, I have never taught at a better school. The entire staff is awesome and the Principal is a true leader. He has earned the respect of students, parents and teachers.
My Son is attending Barbara Bush and is a Boundary exception. We wanted to attend this amazing school! Principal Brian Corte is AMAZING , he knows every child by name! Very involved with the kids on a daily basis! The staff is wonderful, the cirriculum is TOP NOTCH, with Excellent Teachers! We are in boundary for Red Mountain Ranch Elementary- but Barbara Bush Elementary school is FAR Superior in every way! Night and day difference! We look forward to 5 more wonderful years of education at Barbara Bush Elementary school!
My daughter has been attending this school for her kindergarten year. She loves her teachers and the teacher's aide. The teachers have been very professional, helpful, and responsive to any issues that arise. The principal is nice and involved with the children. The PTO has many activities planned throughout the year (I'm not in the PTO), and gives opportunities for parents who are not in the PTO to volunteer and participate (Fall Festival was so much fun!). The only complaint I have is the front desk secretary who can be a little snooty. Everytime I speak with her, it's like I'm inconveniencing her. Otherwise, everyone else that I come into contact with greets me with a welcoming smile. My daughter loves it there, and she is definitely prepared for 1st grade! Two thumbs up.
We've been at Bush for 3 years and love it! We are out-of-district and are willing to drive there daily as it's worth it compared to other elementary schools nearby. We find the teachers very caring and they keep us informed on all academic and activities that are occurring. We can send email questions to the teachers and receive answers back the same day, sometimes within hours. We have access to all their reading, grade, and test reports quickly. My dealings with Mr. Corte, principal, have always been very fair and informative. He knows every kid in the school by name and greets all the parents when he sees them. He is a great disciplinarian who does not tolerate any bullying or teasing. The school has lost 200 kids in last few years causing teacher reassignments, budget cuts, and resource shortages, like many other districts, and they are doing great job!
My family has been at Bush for the last 9 years. My youngest is a 5th grader and the two oldest are off to Stapley and Mountain View. For 6 years, I could not have been happier with Bush! The teachers were loving, nurturing and always had my children's best interests at heart! I loved going to Bush because it felt so much like a family - it was a pleasure to serve on the PTO board and in classrooms. However, since the current principal came 3 years ago, everything has changed. The teachers and staff are no longer as friendly as they once were. It feels cold and impersonal when you enter the school or classroom. And academically, there have been so many changes to which teacher is teaching which grade that I no longer have faith in the education that my son is receiving there.
The principal, Brian Corte is very accessible and invloved. He and the staff do not tolerate bullying or other negative behavior. My boys are in Kindergarten and first grade and they have had amazing teachers so far. I would recommend this school for it's academic excellence, the quality of educators, and strong ethical leadership. My experience could not be more opposite of the March 30 comment.
Uncaring principal & staff, unwilling to do what it takes to reach a child. Not recommened!! Issues are handled to meet the needs of the teachers not the child. Teachers do as they please, and talk to children in an unprofessional manner & principal chooses to side with teacher rather than investigate the situation!!!
Our second son is in his second year at Barbara Bush. Our older son was there for 6 years. Our experience has been really great! So great, in fact, that we aren't likely to move from this community untill our daughter has completed 6th grade. we will happily be here for another 8 years! :)
Barbara Bush has been voted an A plus school, which is the highest accomplishment a school can acquire. The staff, principal, and parent involvement is exceptional. I feel so lucky to have 4 children attend this school over the past 10 years. My youngest child will be attending 6th grade this coming Fall of 2007. My oldest two boys who attended Barbara Bush are now 19 years old. I've never had a single complaint. All positive. My kids have graduated high school with many academic scholarships offers. I know it is because Barbara Bush gave them the head start that they needed.
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